PITTSBURGH, Feb. 19, 2015 – Marshall W. Webster, M.D., a long-time physician leader at UPMC, has been selected to serve on the Commission on Care established by Congress to examine how to best deliver health care to the nation’s veterans.
Appointed to the commission by Harry Reid, minority leader of the U.S. Senate, and nominated by Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., Dr. Webster will be one of only 15 voting members on the panel, which was established by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The goal of the commission is to examine how best to strategically organize the Veterans’ Health Administration, locate health care resources and deliver care to veterans.
“I am confident Dr. Webster’s talents and qualifications will make him an excellent choice to serve on the commission and examine how to best provide our veterans with timely access to the quality care they deserve,” said Sen. Casey.
As a physician, academic and senior vice president at UPMC, Dr. Webster has a long track record of establishing and maintaining relationships with physicians and community hospitals, a critical skill for his work on the commission. Given UPMC’s “exemplary service” and long history with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Pittsburgh, Dr. Webster’s ties to UPMC “will be particularly beneficial to the Commission on Care,” Sen. Casey noted. Since the passage of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, UPMC has received hundreds of referrals from the VA to better provide veterans with quality and timely care.
Since 2012, Dr. Webster has served as senior vice president of UPMC, working on strategic development. He also oversees graduate medical education for UPMC and serves as interim chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. From 2002 to 2012, he was president of the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, president of the UPMC Physician Services Division and executive vice president of UPMC.
Dr. Webster is a Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and held the Mark M. Ravitch Endowed Chair in Surgery for nearly 10 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed his surgical residency at Pitt and is board-certified in general, thoracic and vascular surgery.
A veteran himself, Dr. Webster was commissioned as a lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was promoted to lieutenant in 1965. Following the completion of his surgical training, he served on active duty as a lieutenant commander stationed at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital from 1970 to 1972.